China revealed that two Islamic terrorists who attempted to set off a
gasoline bomb in a domestic airliner flight last month, were travelling on
Pakistani passports, and one was from Pakistan. One of the terrorists was a
Pakistani man. The woman was a Chinese citizen, a Moslem Uighur (Turk) from
western China (where eight million Moslem Uighurs live). China and Pakistan
have long cooperated in fighting Islamic radicalism. Since China is still
basically a police state, Islamic terrorists have a much harder time of it.
Since late 2001, when U.S. forces entered Afghanistan, Uighur were forced, and
were forced to flee to tribal areas in Pakistan. Some have since fled to other
Central Asian nations, as have some Pakistani terrorists. While Pakistanis
dislike American involvement in the war against Islamic militants, they
recognize that it is a problem. The parties that won the recent Pakistani
elections, and oppose president Musharraf, say they will continue cooperating
with the U.S. in the fight against Islamic terrorism.
Taliban and al Qaeda forces cannot fight the Pakistani police or army in
battles, and are still restricted to terrorists attacks, usually employing
suicide bombers. Last year, there were 50-60 suicide bomb attacks in Pakistan
(some were in obscure areas where getting confirmation was difficult). So far
this year, there have been 20 such attacks, indicating that the number of
suicide attacks could be up 20-30 percent over last year.
2008: In Pakistan's Swat Valley, police arrested Islamic radical leader Chamnay
Khan, and 14 other militants. Pro-Taliban forces attempted to take over the
valley (a major tourist destination), but were shut down, over the last eight
months, by major police operations.
In the Pakistani
border area of South Waziristan, a suicide car bomber failed to get into an
army base, detonating it at the gate. This still killed five soldiers and
wounded over a dozen.
2008: A large bomb went off in the capital of Indian Kashmir, killing one and
wounding about twenty. This was the first Islamic terror attack in several
months. The Islamic militants have been losing ground for the last few years,
with several key Islamic terrorists getting captured or killed each month.
2008: In central India, a major police operation left at least 17 Maoist rebels
dead, and many more wounded. There was a clash, in a forest, between 300 police
and about fifty Maoists. The police got a tip from local civilians, unhappy
with all the Maoist violence. Last year, 834 people died in Maoist violence,
half of them in the same general area of this clash. The Maoists are feeling
the pressure, and have decided to recruit foreigners and teenagers.
2008: In the Pakistani border area of South Waziristan, a missile destroyed a
compound occupied by Islamic militants. Sixteen people died. These attacks are
the result of U.S. and Pakistani intelligence activities. When a terrorist safe
house is located, a missile or smart bomb is used to destroy it. Usually the
weapon is American, and the U.S. and Pakistan refuse to say anything about it.
Officially, the U.S. is not supposed to be operating in these border areas. But
in practice, American Special Forces troops and CIA agents have been seen in
these areas since before September 11, 2001.
2008: In Pakistan, a bomb went off in a restaurant popular with foreigners,
killing a Turk, and wounding a dozen other foreigners. The place served Italian
food and alcohol. The latter is offensive to Islamic conservatives, as are
infidels (non-Moslems) in general. This is the first terror attack in the
capital several months, and the first against foreigners in over a year.